Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta gestures during a news conference at Chigi Palace in Rome on Wednesday. He resisted  pressure  to resign and let centre-left leader Matteo Renzi form a new government. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta faces a showdown with his own centre-left party on Thursday that could lead to his resignation and the appo(...)

Silvio Berlusconi addresses supporters in Rome on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Roberto Monaldo/Lapresse

The first item on the agenda of Silvio Berlusconi’s new party was “the split”. No sooner had Mr Berlusconi “refounded” Forza Italia on Saturday mornin(...)

Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi gestures during a confidence vote at the Senate in Rome last week. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters.

“A whole political era has come to an end; Wednesday [in parliament] marked the end of 20 years, in a political context and with a fierce political co(...)

Silvio Berlusconi appears headed for expulsion from the Italian senate, in the process being stripped of his parliamentary immunity. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

This has not been a good week for former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Just two days after he effected an abrupt and embarrassing U-turn i(...)

Body bags containing African migrants, who drowned trying to reach Italian shores, lie in a hangar of the Lampedusa airport. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

Divers are battling with choppy waters in the search for dozens of migrants believed to have drowned after their rickety boat caught fire and sank off(...)

Rescued migrants arrive onboard a coastguard vessel at the harbour of Lampedusa this morning. Photograph: Nino Randazzo/ASP/Reuters

More than 300 people drowned or were feared dead after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank off the southern Italian island of Lam(...)

Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi (left) talks with senators at the Senate after Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s asking for a possible call for a confidence vote immediately in Rome today. Photograph: Tony Gentile/ REUTERS

Silvio Berlusconi has been defeated in his attempts to bring down the Italian government, announcing his party will vote to support the coalition of p(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi talks to colleagues during a vote in the Senate in Rome yesterday.

[BYLINE1]PADDY AGNEW[/BYLINE1][BYLINE2]in Rome[/BYLINE2]Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered yet another setback in his battle wit(...)

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta holds a joint news conference with British prime minister David Cameron  (right) in 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The three-month-old coalition government of Enrico Letta faces a potentially life-threatening moment in the Italian senate today when the house votes(...)

Italian prime minister-designate and deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) Enrico Letta arrives to speak with reporters at the Quirinale Palace. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Italy’s two month long political stalemate appears to have finally ended following the announcement this evening that Democratic Party (PD) No (...)

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